President Donald Trump’s relationships with other people have not really come off as on particularly solid ground to begin with, making certain recent behavior on the part of the first lady well poised to spark serious speculation.
She has remained out of the public’s view for three weeks and counting at this point, and on Friday, it came out that she would be continuing her elongated stay inside the White House. President Trump is set to depart for a weekend trip to Camp David on Friday, and according to reports, the first lady will be staying behind.
She has accompanied the president to Camp David in the past, joining him on 3 of the 5 trips he has taken there, according to reporter Hallie Jackson.
The last time she joined him was in September of 2017, according to Jackson, and the president has, to be sure, been to the famed presidential retreat in the time since without the first lady, having paid it a visit in December of last year.
Although it does have that precedent, the first lady’s absence from the present trip — which is the apparent first time the president has been to Camp David in 2018 — comes amidst an aforementioned elongated period of avoiding the public’s eye.
The last time that Melania made a public appearance was on May 10, when she joined her husband to welcome three released American hostages back to the country from North Korea.
In the time since, she spent a considerable amount of time in the hospital, having been admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center for a procedure to address an allegedly benign kidney condition. The type of procedure performed suggests that the first lady faced either a tumor/growth or an aneurysm; her office has insisted that the procedure went smoothly and without complications, although the length of her stay in the hospital was longer than that normally associated with what was done.
On another front, suspicion continues to abound about the status of the president and first lady’s relationship, considering the very public revelation earlier this year of affairs that the president allegedly carried on with while married to her. The first lady could be sick of it — but, again, these are just rumors subscribed to by some people and not others.
On Friday, her communications director Stephanie Grisham asserted that the first lady is “fine” and “doing great,” while Melania herself has already taken an apparent step to address rumors, too.
On Wednesday a tweet went up on the first lady’s official Twitter account reading:
‘I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the
@WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!’
At least the tweet doesn’t identify the media as “fake news” — although the phrasing is curiously similar to that employed by her husband on a regular basis. He has said that “fake news” was working “overtime” to subvert his administration at least half a dozen times on Twitter, with a number of those instances coming rather recently. An example can be seen below.
All of the speculation surrounding the first lady remains, at present, just that — speculation. In what context she will make a return to the public eye remains to be seen; before retreating from the public spotlight, she announced an awareness program to highlight issues plaguing American children called “Be Best.”
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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